Name short: ASA

Name long: Argininosuccinic aciduria

Description: Argininosuccinic aciduria is an inherited disorder that causes ammonia to accumulate in the blood. Ammonia, which is formed when proteins are broken down in the body, is toxic if the levels become too high. The nervous system is especially sensitive to the effects of excess ammonia. Argininosuccinic aciduria usually becomes evident in the first few days of life. An infant with argininosuccinic aciduria may be lacking in energy (lethargic) or unwilling to eat, and have poorly controlled breathing rate or body temperature. Some babies with this disorder experience seizures or unusual body movements, or go into a coma. Complications from argininosuccinic aciduria may include developmental delay and intellectual disability. Progressive liver damage, skin lesions, and brittle hair may also be seen. Occasionally, an individual may inherit a mild form of the disorder in which ammonia accumulates in the bloodstream only during periods of illness or other stress

Incidence in the US 2001-2010: 82 in 25 million screens (3 cases per million).

Implicated genes:
Argininosuccinate lyase, ASL


Variants in ASL (see gnomAD page):
total variable positions: 530
rare variants: 0
common variants: 0
Allele frequency of rare (<0.001) variants and the implied number of homozygotes and compound heterozygotes, per million births (under the naive assumption that gnomAD captures all variants present in the human population; PSC = premature stop codon):

Population All rare variants Rare, resulting in PSC Rare, not intronic and not silent Known disease related All presumably detrimental
all 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0
afr 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0
amr 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0
asj 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0
eas 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0
fin 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0
nfe 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0
oth 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0
sas 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0 0 => 0


Expected number of homozygotes/compound heterozygotes in a demographic profile close to the US, using all known (as in, listed in gnomAD) rare nontrivial variants as causative variants: 0.

Expected number of homozygotes/compound heterozygotes in a demographic profile close to the US, using all presumably harmful variants as causative variants: 0.

Enzyme structure. Representative chain shown as white cartoon, with positions of known mutations shown as red sticks. Blue: physiological ions. Pink: substrates and cofactors.



Total estimated number of casses per million (all presumably harmful variants): 0.

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